Biedrins on returning to form: 'I think I can get there'

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Biedrins on returning to form: 'I think I can get there'

OAKLAND -- Warriors center Andris Biedrins said at media dayon Monday that he is ready and committed for the upcoming season. Ordinarily, aplayer wouldnt have to make that kind of declaration on Day 1, but Biedrinscircumstances arent ordinary.Biedrins was the only Warriors player who didnt participatein optional workouts earlier this month, and then coach Mark Jackson publiclyexpressed disappointment about it.But Biedrins was alongside his teammates on Monday, thefirst official day of training camp.My commitment level has always been the same as it is now and like it was before, said Biedrins, entering his ninth NBA season. Thatdoesnt mean just because I wasnt here I wasnt practicing. I was practicinghard, twice a day, for the past month. I feel great. As long as I can help,come in here in great shape at the start of training camp with the other guys,thats almost the same thing.Like he has done in previous offseasons, Biedrins spent mostof the month of September in Santa Barbara working out.None of this would be in issue, of course, if it werent forthe fact that Biedrins career is in a three-year free fall. In 2008-09,Biedrins averaged 11.9 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Sincethen hes been a shell of himself, and his numbers and playing time haveshrunk.RELATED: Andris Biedrins career stats News
Nobodys been able to explain why exactly this has happened,including Biedrins. But he said on Monday he thinks he can return to the playerhe once was.I think it is (possible to get back to where he was),Biedrins said. I think physically Im there. A lot has to do with just kind ofbelieving in yourself more than I am. Ive had frustrating years and you kindof stop believing in yourself so much as you did before like three years ago.Thats the main reason. But I think I can get there.Assuming Andrew Bogut is healthy, Biedrins is going to haveto get there coming off the bench. And hes expected to get some competition atbackup center from rookie Festus Ezeli.He just needs to realize thats hes not a bad basketballplayer, Bogut said of Biedrins. Regardless of what people say, he can helpus. My message to him would be: You can help us. What people say? Who cares?You proved that (you could play) a couple of years ago. No excuse why he cantdo it now.

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Whatever your past coaches, whatever your past generalmanagers, whatever the past fans have said, who cares? He can help us. I thinkif he hears that from us, it will help him.The key for the Warriors will be to try to keep Biedrins inthe fold. He has had flashes over the past few years but hes been nowhere nearconsistent.We need to get his confidence level back to where he canhelp us, Bogut said. Hes 7-foot, he can move, hes mobile. He can rebound.He can block shots. We need to get him to do it again.Biedrins acknowledged on Monday that his confidence haswavered in the recent past. But he feels that might be changing.I think its much higher than it was last year, Biedrinssaid of his confidence. I think I had a great month now and I was practicing alot and I feel good about myself. So, well see when training camp starts andIm excited to play with the guys.

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

OAKLAND -- The hoops historian Draymond Green has a message for those with short memories and cynical outlooks.

The NBA is never better than when The Finals have legendary potential, as is the case with the Warriors and Cavaliers, who next week become the first teams to meet three consecutive seasons to determine a champion.

“It’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief,” Green said Friday after Warriors practice.

Warriors-Cavs Part III is, in fact, a fantastic boon for the league. Interest will peak. Ratings will soar. Storylines will cascade down every mountain, knoll and molehill.

“Right now, you’re witnessing greatness -- two great teams, great players,” Green said. “That’s what it is. It probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. Say we meet again next year? It still won’t be appreciated -- until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had.”

What fans have is history made, with more in the making.

The Warriors enter The Finals after an unprecedented 12-0 start to the playoffs, becoming the first team to complete three four-game sweeps in a single postseason.

Another sweep, and it’s not inconceivable, would make these Warriors the first team in NBA history with a perfect postseason -- give them the distinction of having the best postseason in American sports history.

The Cavaliers enter The Finals after a 12-1 start and, moreover, with the reheated debate over whether LeBron James has a body of work that equals or surpasses that of Michael Jordan. James is one game removed from surpassing Jordan to become No. 1 on the all-time list for playoff scoring and will make his seventh consecutive appearance in The Finals, something Jordan never did.

Though a Cleveland victory would bolster any argument in James’ favor, a Cleveland loss might be enough to close the case in Jordan’s favor insofar as his Bulls reached six NBA Finals and won them all.

Warriors-Cavaliers has the potential to go beyond what most believe to be the most epic of postseason rivals, that being the Magic Johnson and the Lakers versus Larry Bird and the Celtics. They met only three times (1984, ’85 and ’87) but the NBA went a full 10 seasons with one team or the other in The Finals.

Being a student of the game, Green quite likely knows that -- as well as having a complete understanding of the possibilities ahead.

Even if he suspects others may not.

“But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it any more,” he said. “Maybe there’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. When you look at the situation, most people have never reached greatness. So, maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.

“I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steam-roll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steam-roll people. I just love great things. And I think right now we’ve found two great teams.”

Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

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Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

Steph Curry has earned the nickname "Chef Curry" but his wife Ayesha is the real cook of the family.

Ayesha has paved her own path as a successful cook and was brought to BottleRock in Napa for a demonstration. As Steph and rapper E-40 joined her on stage, Ayesha took one of out of E-40's book and did her own remix of Drake's "Energy." 

In this version, Ayesha rapped about what she knows best -- recipes. 

All hyped up, Ayesha dropped the mic to the delight of Steph and E-40 himself.